The title says it all, just installed my first 2 packages on Friday... One of the hives is quiet, one is 'buzzing' continually all day today. Since the 2 hives are not doing the same thing, I'm wondering if the 'buzzing' hive has a dead queen.
I installed the packages Friday when the temp was 70 or so, but we went to a high of 45 Saturday and today. No activity at either entrance (except a few dead bees) over the last 2 days, probably since it is so cool outside.
I plan on opening both hives Monday (should reach 60 and be sunny) to check on the syrup and see if the queens were released. If one of the queens is dead in the package, can I still replace it over the next week or two and still be OK? If it was released and killed, I guess I won't know until some comb is drawn and no eggs are laid over the next few weeks or so.
Maybe it's nothing to worry about, just seems odd to me that one hive is buzzing and one is not. If it makes any difference, the queens are Italian, shipped separately from the packages and were in plastic JZ-BZ containers.